China lands a rover on Mars

Last week China landed a rover on Mars. Named Zhurong, it landed in the northern Utopia Planitia region and will soon start exploring the Martian terrain with its ground penetrating radar (looking for frozen water under the surface), monitoring the Martian weather, and measuring the planet’s magnetic fields.

Zhurong was released by the Tianwen-1 orbiter and parachuted to the surface on Friday, making China only the third country to successfully land on Mars and only the fifth to even try (the UK was unsuccessful with Beagle 2 and the European Union was unsuccessful with Schiaparelli).

Featured image credit: CNSA

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